The Monday Milers is a companion hiking group but slightly more challenging than the “Monday Rollers”. The average moving pace is two (2) to two and a half (2.5) mph. Our distances will be 4 – 8 miles and usually moderate elevation changes. We stop for interesting events (animals, plants, and scenery).
Regular departure time and place: The Lowe’s Home Center at the curb closest to and parallel with US 64. Start time is 9:00 AM. Please try to be there by 8:45 AM to allow time for sign-up, car arrangements (we usually carpool with a fee for the driver’s car), and visiting.
Hike leader: Richard Mayberry 828 884-4398 (h), 704 236-4398 (c), firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in trying these hikes but have questions please contact Richard Mayberry.
MONDAY MILERS WINTER/SPRING HIKES, 2020
“All who wander are not lost.”
January 6 BLACK MOUNTAIN TRAIL WITH CLUB GAP TRAIL
10 miles, estimated 1,900’ climb, 3,100’ descent, R9, car fee: $2.00
Either a key exchange or shuttle, we hike from Avery Creek Road up Club Gap trail to Club Gap where we hike the Black Mountain Trail to its end.
Jan. 13 FLETCHER PARK/F. P. GREENWAY
3.8 miles, 57’ ascent, 44’ descent, R2, $5.00.
From parking area we walk a figure eight returning. Lunch at Blue Sky Cafe afterwards.
Jan. 20 DUPONT FOREST: GUION FARMS TO CORN MILLS SHOALS PARKING
9 miles, est., 1,000’ ascent, est., R8, car fee: $2.00
A shuttle hike: Buck Forest Road to Visitor Center on to Sheep Mountain trail to Pine Tree trail to Longside trail to cars. This is an east to west across Dupont Forest.
Jan. 27 BENT CREEK FOREST RAMBLE, ONE
6 miles, 857’ ascent, 830’ descent, R5, car fee: $5.00
This is a loop trail. From the Rice Pinnacle parking we hike out Deer Lake Lodge connecting to Wolf Branch, Ledford Rd., Ingles Field Gap, Ingles Field Gap Connector, Boyd Branch Rd., Ledford Branch Rd., Deer Lake Lodge trails returning to parking.
Feb. 3 SOAPSTONE RIDGE THE LONG WAY
8 miles, 900’ ascent, R7, car fee: $3.00
From Yellow Gap Rd., hike in on Barnett Branch to Pink Beds, left to connector trail to Gauging Trail, out the South Mills River trail, right onto Soapstone Ridge trail connecting with Barnett Branch and finish.
Feb. 10 PANTHERTOWN, EXPLORING THE EASTERN SIDE
5.5 miles, 800’ ascent, R6, car fee: $5.00
Mac’s Gap trail, right at Little Green trail, diversion to Tranquility Point, back, diversion to Schoolhouse Falls, back to Panthertown Valley Trail, right, back to cars.
Feb. 17 LOOKING GLASS ROCK
6.5 miles, up and back, 1,350’ ascent, R8, $1.00 car fee
Hike to the end, return with lunch on a southern overlook near the helipad symbol.
Feb. 24 MOUNTAINS TO SEA TRAIL, DEVIL’S COURTHOUSE
5 miles, 800’ climb, R6, car fee: $5.00
Park at 215 near the Mountains to Sea Trail, hike to Devil’s Courthouse, then return via the Blue Ridge Parkway and highway 215 to cars.
March 2 GREEN RIVER GAME LANDS -SOUTHSIDE
8 miles est., 700’ ascent, R6, $5.00 car fee
An in and out hike. Info to be supplied later.
March 9 DUPONT FOREST: HOOKER FALLS TO LAKE JULIA DAM
6.6 miles, 988’ ascent, 921’ descent, R5, $2.00
From Hooker Falls parking we hike up to the covered bridge, divert on side trails past the three lakes, stopping on the Lake Julia dam for lunch, then return on Conservation Road to High Falls, Triple Falls and parking.
March 16 ESTATOE AND NATURE TRAIL
4.6 miles, 360’ ascent, R2, no car fee
Out and back from Lowe’s parking, it is a “lollipop” hike to and behind the Forest Service building.
March 23 BENT CREEK FOREST RAMBLE, TWO
10 miles est. 1,000’ ascent est. R8, car fee: $5.00
A rough loop from Rice Pinnacle parking, we hike out Rice Pinnacle Rd., left on North Boundary Rd., left on Little Hickory top trail, left on Boyd Branch Rd., right on Ledford Branch Rd., left on Deer Lake Lodge trail to parking. Note: These roads are more gravely, wide paths.
March 30 DUPONT FOREST, WINTERGREEN FALLS LOOP
5.2 miles, 700’ ascent, R5, $2.00 car fee
From Guion Farm parking we hike Buck Forest Fd., left on Thomas Cemetery Rd., left on Tarkiln Branch Rd., right on Sandy Trail, straight to Wintergreen Falls, returning via Wintergreen Falls trail and Tarkiln Branch Rd.
April 6 DANIEL RIDGE LOOP, 2
6 miles, 960’ ascent, 905’ descent, R6, car fee: $2.00
From Daniel Ridge parking we go up the trail clockwise and turn left onto Forest Service road 5046. We return to Daniel Ridge and trailhead. There are two waterfalls.
April 13 ROUGH RUN
4.5 miles, 300’ climb, R4, $5.00
North of Cashiers and on private property this is a great spring ephemeral hike with two beautiful waterfalls.
April 20 PANTHERTOWN, NORTH, FLAT CREEK
7-8 miles, 1,000’ est. climb, R7, $5.00
An out and back hike with variations we park at Flat Creek trailhead hike the Old Trestle path to Flat Creek Falls trail down roughly along Flat Creek to the falls for lunch and return. Note: Very good hike for spring “Ephemerals”.
April 27 DUPONT FOREST: CEDAR ROCK/BURNT MOUNTAIN
6.7 miles, 1,180’ ascent, 1,140’ descent, R6, car fee: $3.00
From Corn Mills Shoals parking we hike up Cedar Rock, do the loop, hike Burnt Mountain loop, then hike the Nooks loop, have lunch at the Little River, wade or soak feet, then return to cars on Corn Mills Shoals trail.
May 4 BRACKEN MOUNTAIN TO LOWE’S
13.1 miles, 1,800 ascent, R9, $2.00
Shuttle from Bracken Mountain parking, hike the “blue trail” to 475c, continue to intersection of the Art Loeb trail, go to the Estatoe trail and return to Lowe’s parking.
May 11 IVESTOR GAP TO GRAVEYARD FIELDS
lost data, car fee: $5.00
A shuttle, from Big Sam parking hike out Ivestor Gap trail, right onto Graveyard Ridge trail, left onto Mountains to Sea Trail, right in Graveyard Fields to parking.
May 18 BUCK SPRINGS TO PISGAH INN
6 miles, 1,000’ ascent, R7, car fee: $4.00.
A shuttle: leave a car at the Pisgah Inn, we will begin our hike at the Buck Springs parking on HWY 276. Let’s plan to have lunch at the Pisgah Inn?
May 25 BLACK BALSAM/TENNANT MOUNTAIN
5.7 miles, 900’ climb, R6, $5.00
From Big Sam parking we go out Ivestor Gap, make a sharp right turn up Tennant Mtn., then over across a saddleback and up Black Balsam, down to Hwy 816, returning to our cars.
June 1 LITTLE SAM LOOP
5-6 miles, 700’ climb, R6, $5.00 car fee
From the side parking on road 816 we walk down to the Big Sam parking. From there we hike on the Flat Laurel Creek trail to Little Sam Trail, go up to Little Sam and out on the rock for lunch. Then we return to our cars via the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.
June 8 TBA
ALAN WILL LEAD THE HIKE
June 15 TBA
ALAN WILL LEAD THE HIKE
June 22 TBA
ALAN WILL LEAD THE HIKE
June 29 COVE CREEK/CANEY BOTTOM
5 miles, 700’ ascent, R4, $2.00 car fee
From parking (road from fish hatchery) we hike in on a gravel road and do the loop.
July 6 MOUNTAINS TO SEA TRAIL, ARBORETUM
7.1 miles, 1,100’ ascent, R7, $5.00 car fee
From parking at 191 and the Blue Ridge Parkway we hike the MST then turn into the Arboretum for a hike to the Center with seating, have lunch, then return to our cars .
July 13 TBA
We will use this time to “fill in” hikes that were postponed due to weather.